UNIONS NSW COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES - MEETING HELD THURSDAY, 7 DECEMBER 2017
IN TRADES HALL AUDITORIUM, SYDNEY AT 5:30PM

The President, Com. J. Kiejda occupied the Chair.

PRESENT:  E. Maiden [Acting Secretary], K. Minter [Research Officer].

OPENING OF THE MEETING:  The President, Com. J. Kiejda opened the meeting and in doing so recognised the traditional owners of the land on which the meeting was held, The Gadigal People of the Eora Nation.

MINUTES:

The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden moved:

"That the minutes from the meeting of 30 November 2017 as circulated be received."

Com. P. Byrne (NSWNMA) seconded.

CARRIED

The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden moved:

"That the minutes from the meeting of 30 November 2017 as circulated be adopted."

Com. M. Kearin (NSWNMA) seconded.

CARRIED

APOLOGIES:  Apologies were received and accepted for:  M. Morey (Secretary), T. Costa (Unions NSW), B. Smith (SDA), D. McKinley (ETU), R. Martin (NSWNMA).

The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden moved:

"That the apologies be received and accepted".

Com. A. Claassens seconded.

CARRIED

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE:
Discussion on a workplace accident at DIK Ink .  One worker was killed; two are in hospital with one critical.  We are still receiving information about the accident and the AMWU is seeking to support workers.

CORRESPONDENCE: 

1. From NSW Teachers Federation (NSWTF):- There is never any good time to share Sorry Business news, the passing of a loved one's family, friend or colleague.  I know that many of you or your family members would have met up with or heard of Sol Bellear.  Sol Bellear was a Bundajalung man from Mullumbimby in northern New South Wales.  He was chairman of the Aboriginal Medical Service in Redfern and was awarded an Order of Australia for services to the Aboriginal community in 1999. He was a delegate at the historical constitutional convention at Uluru earlier this year.

His activism began as a teenager when he moved to Redfern after the successful 1967 referendum on Indigenous rights.

In the 1960s, Mr Bellear noticed Australians had begun protesting against racial inequalities overseas, but little attention had been paid to injustices at home.

Mr Bellear was instrumental in establishing Australia's Aboriginal Medical Service in Redfern, said Steve Larkin, chairman of the Healing Foundation.

Thanks to his passion and commitment there are now more than 140 of these services across Australia, providing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with the medical care they need, including services to address unresolved trauma.

The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden moved the Executive recommendation:

"That the correspondence be received and Unions note, with sadnes, the passing of Sol Bellear.  Unions NSW acknowledges the pivotal role he played in helping to establish Aboriginal medical, housing, land rights and legal services and also fighting for reform his whole life.

Unions NSW will write to the Aboriginal Medical Service, where he was chairman, to express our condolences."

Com. B. Holmes (NSWNMA) seconded.

CARRIED

2. From The Rail Tram and Bus Union (RTBU):  The Australian Technology Park which includes the Locomotive Workshops was privatised by the NSW Government in 2015 and sold to Mirvac who have made a development application to redevelop the historic Eveleigh Locomotive Workshops.

The sale and redevelopment application directly raise the issue of the future conservation of this nationally and internationally recognised heritage precinct.  The NSW Government has recognised the workshops 'as the best collection of Victorian period workshops in Australia and is considered to have world heritage significance....they represent the pinnacle of manufacturing achievement in NSW.

In addition to its building and machines, the Eveleigh Workshops has irreplaceable social and cultural significance.  The site's heritage is of central significance for our labour movement's heritage.

It was the site where the 1917 Great Strike commenced, and it has been a crucible for the forging of the NSW labour movement.

The Rail Tram and Bus Union express concern at many aspects of the Mirvac DA and its severe undermining of the Workshops built heritage, including its moveable machinery collection and its rich social and cultural heritage.

The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden moved the Executive recommendation:

"That the correspondence be received, and Unions NSW adopt and support in principle, the proposed union submission that argues various statutory and legislative backed heritage conservation policies continue to operate in their entirety.

Further, we encourage affiliates to support union initiatives to ensure heritage of the Locomotive Workshops is conserved for future generations and the people of NSW."

Com. A. Claassens seconded.

CARRIED

REPORTS:

1. We Won't Wait Campaign
Com. Kate Minter (Unions NSW) reported and said, "This week Federal Labor supported the union campaign for 10 days of paid domestic violence leave in the National Employment Standards.  Labor came to this position off th back of our We Won't Wait campaign., with union members taking actions in their workplaces and front-line workers meeting with MP's and explaining the real difference leave will make to the lives of women and children living with violence.

This announcement is off the back of 18 months of the We Won't Wait Campaign, led by the ASU and NSW unions, demanding a universal right for all workers to access paid domestic violence leave.

We still need to convince the Turnbull Government who does not support paid leave.  As a movement we will continue the campaign.

Next week there will be a more comprehensive report on the We Won't Wait campaign from Natalie Lang from the ASU."

The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden moved:

"That the report be received and noted."

Com. A. Rudman (RTBU) seconded.

CARRIED

2.  Bennelong By-Election Campaign

Com. Mary Yaager reported and said, "On the week we had the campaign launch and door-knocking.  About 80 union members were there.  During door-knocking a message which resonated strongly was the amount of funds being ripped from schools by the Federal Government.

In the last week of the campaign, our focus is going to be on high visibility activities, pre- poll and staffing election booths.  If you can assist with these activities, please contact me at Unions NSW."

The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden moved:

"That the report be received and noted."

Com. P. Noack (AWU) seconded.

CARRIED

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1.  Rally outside Q &  Studio.
The MUA/CFMEU will be rallying outside the ABC Studio on onday 11 December from 7:00pm as Prime Minister Turnbull
is a special guest on the Q and A show.

We will be coming together to escalate our campaign against Turnbull and to raise the plight of workers.  All are welcome to attend.

2.  Union Summer 2018
Union Summer will be held from 29 January 2018 to 16 February 2018.
If your union is interested in hosting an intern, please contact Katie Summers or Jack Boutros at Unions NSW.

3.  Final executive and Council Meeting for 2017
Next Thursday, 14 December will be the final meeting for the year.  A notice will go out early next year to advise all the recommencing of the meetings.

 

 

 

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